Retail Radeon X1900GT Launched
May 9, 2006 11:34 AM
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ATI ships R580 for under $300
We've received word that Sapphire, GECUBE and PowerColor all have announced latest editions for the high end line of X1900 graphics cards. The ATI Radeon X1900 GT is a single-slot video card that uses the
ATI Radeon R580 core
, with a stock clock speed of 575MHz, 256MB of DDR3 and a 1.2 GHz memory clock.
Radeon X1900 GT
Radeon X1900 XTX
The card was not supposed to be made available until May 9, to coincide with E3, but several Best Buy stores mistakenly made the card
available to consumers last week
. Even before being released publicly, the cost of the card has been slashed by several manufacturers. The
PowerColor X1900 GT
will cost $299, with
within a buck or two. Expect to see the cards on sale at the major online retailers this week, and at B&M stores immediately.
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RE: Shame no life in AGP parts
5/9/2006 1:23:24 PM
How do you make that out.
As i speak you can get a 7900gt in AGP from gainward (under the name 7800GS) or a 7800GS.
Nvidia can hardly do more considering the AGP 8x transfer rate is being reached, especially since it is 1 way and limited by the entire PCI bus transfer rate. The sales from AGP cards are small so Nvidia arent going to continue development on it.
In Ati's case if they offered the x1600 AGP it would not outperform their x800's or x850's. That being said they should offer a more modern AGP card.
RE: Shame no life in AGP parts
5/9/2006 3:30:25 PM
Good point about the 7800GS. Although reviews of performance indicate this card is essentially half a generation behind.
On your other point, I beg to differ. AGP 8x saturation is not being reached. What we are doing is increasing resolution(s) eg. 1280 x 1024 to 1600x1200 or 1920x1200 and going from 0xAA to 8xAA etc.
This adds nothing to bandwidth. AGP 4x is probably still ok. As the market has moved to increasing MB on the GPU and processing more and more effects on the GPU (rather than rendered on the CPU and submitting the results over the AGP) we have in fact reduced the bandwidth requirements for typical GPU.
You may have noted that many 2 x SLI and 4 x SLI setups are very happy in PCIex8 even PCIex4.
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